Meet the Absolute Yoga INSTRUCTORS
Shannen Marie Roy, 200HR RYT Teaching kid's yoga takes a truly special kind of person. Her lighthearted, creative nature and passion for yoga shines through in all that she does on and off the mat. Her classes offer children an encouraging space to truly shine their own inner light through yoga postures, meditation, mindfulness, breathing, games, songs, imagination, creative self expression and most importantly....having fun! Shannen began her yoga journey in 2005, finding alternative ways to help get through illness. She knew at once it would become a lifelong practice. She is a certified Kidding Around Yoga instructor & trainer as well as a certified Yoga4Sobriety instructor. Shannen received her 200 hour yoga teacher training certification through State of Grace Yoga & Wellness in Uxbridge, MA. She also has a love for photography and art that adds a special beauty to her yoga classes creatively. Shannen will be adding Yoga4Sobriety classes to the schedule coming in 2017, sharing her passion for helping those in the recovery community through yoga. You can practice with Shannen Fridays at 12:30pm as well as Sundays at 8am and check our schedule for kids and family classes. Questions, comments, feedback can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (508)435-2266. Namaste
Mimi Boudreau has been practicing yoga since 2003 and teaching yoga since 2006. Having to retire at a young age as a ballerina, due to injury, yoga helped fill the gap for Mimi when she left the ballet world. She attended Bikram Yoga training in Spring 2006, then continued her studies with Jimmy Barkan, Beryl Bender Birch, Baptiste, as well as Rolf Gates. Furthering her love for yoga and dance, Mimi became a certified barre instructor in 2012. She describes her barre class as a fun, funky, and tough, and satisfying work out. Mimi is also a certified Reiki Energy Healer, and Gem Stone/Mineral therapist. Students wishing to schedule a healing session or wellness appointment with Mimi may do so in person at Absolute Yoga, or by emailing at info@AbsoluteYoga.net.
Ellen Dougherty, E-R.Y.T. is a certified yoga instructor though FRA (Fitness Resource Associates, Inc.) where she studied under Judy Baker. She is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-R.Y.T.) through Yoga Alliance. She has been practicing yoga for more than 15 years and instructing students at Absolute Yoga since 2003. She incorporates her years of practice into a blend of teaching styles for her students. Ellen teaches a vinyasa-flow yoga that incorporates Iyengar, Ashtanga, and Viniyoga. Her goal is to teach students at all levels to reduce stress, while improving strength, flexibility and balance. She has also volunteered as a yoga instructor at Hopkinton’s Serenity House. Ellen is a mother of two and previously worked as a Systems Analyst.
Michele Hart, R.Y.T.has been practicing yoga for more than 12 years. She believes that yoga is a method for achieving clarity, focus, compassion, and physical and mental strength. Yoga encourages being present, helping to reduce mental chatter, and helps us to focus on taking in what is around us and enjoying where we are. Ideally this results in being more aware of not only ourselves but our surroundings. She encourages practitioners to take care of their body in the way that is right for them. She has completed a 200 hr teacher training under Natasha Rizopolous through YogaWorks and has attended intensives with Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman Yee, David Swenson, Jason Crandall and Shiva Rea. She practices a vinyasa flow style of yoga that combines elements of Ashtanga along with the alignment principles of the Iyengar method. She has three young children.
Ally Marsh, R.Y.T. was introduced to yoga while an undergrad in Vermont. She eventually settled in Boston and began training which culminated in a Master’s level licensed mental health counselor specializing in expressive therapies. She began using art, music and movement to aid others through mental health difficulties and found the integral benefits of yoga for her own self care as well as for the benefit of others. Yoga is the perfect balance for connection to the mind, body, and mindful awareness of the connection. She was further inspired to expand her yogic path while working on a women’s mental health unit and took a leave to become trained as a 200-RYT, certified in Vinyasa Flow Yoga. The training in Costa Rica under the teachings of Jacqueline Heisle, incorporated the physical, emotional, and combined whole self approach to self improvement. Ally’s classes incorporate alignment as well as a creative heat-building flow. Her classes are adaptable to new yogi’s or those with an established practice. She creates a setting of nourishing comfort balanced with challenge and encourages students to set a heartfelt intention and then allow the asana to float to that space. She utilizes other senses such as sound, scent, and touch to facilitate a whole self experience. Ally continues to be inspirited by teachers such as Shiva Rea, Ana Forrest, Ame Wren, Georgia Reath, as well through the guidance of all teachers she has been lucky to follow.
Deb (Newman) McGonnell has been practicing yoga for several years. She studied with Diane and John Featherstone of Frog Pond Yoga in Princeton, MA where she certified in hatha yoga in 2002. In the spring of 2103, Deb spent a month in Kerala, India where she earned her RYT-500 certification. Last fall, she completed training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). She continues to develop her own practice and to inspire her teaching by taking classes with master yoga teachers, especially Natasha Rizopoulos. Deb has learned from Ana Forrest, Rodney Yee, Baron Baptiste, Patricia Walden, Shiva Rea and countless others in continuing education opportunities and incorporates the principles of energy and alignment into her teaching and practice. Enjoying both domestic and international travel, Deb tries to take a yoga class whenever she is away. In addition to yoga, she studies Buddhism and mindfulness and works to incorporate spirituality into daily life. With an openhearted, playful style of yoga in her classes, she is always exploring new methods and styles. She says that she can't imagine life without the gifts of yoga!
Kathleen Snapper has been practicing yoga since 2003. She soon became intrigued with the mind, body and spiritual dynamics of yoga. Once her children left for college, she decided to quit her office job to acquire her 200-hour teaching certificate in Vinyasa Power Flow at H.Y.P. Studios. Along with teaching at local yoga studios in the Metrowest area, she is a hands-on assistant at Metrowest Yoga and Training Center. Kathleen enjoys helping students with alignment adjustments, so they can find their fullest expression of a pose.
"For me the Vinyasa Flow practice is like a dance, it is an energetic, meditative practice moving from one pose to another, always connecting to the breath." Kathleen's yoga journey has recently taken her to studying mindfulness meditation and she is now sharing this meditation practice with her students. When she is not on her yoga mat or meditation cushion, she enjoys reading, cycling, hiking, kayaking and snowshoeing. She loves spending quality time with family and friends, and traveling with her husband.
Christine Beauchaine has been teaching Hatha yoga since 2012 and practicing since 2006. She graduated from De-Stress with Yoga 200-hour teacher training in July of 2012. She teaches our Plus Size yoga class with humor and compassion and believes that yoga is for everybody and every body. She is also a certified life coach, novelist, blogger and a toddler teacher at a daycare center in Marlboro, Ma. She lives in the Blackstone Valley with her husband, two teenage boys and an assortment of rescue pets.
Melissa Holm - After growing up with an active lifestyle; dancing, playing soccer, and skiing, I settled into the same pattern many of us fall victim to. The corporate world took over, stealing precious time to take care of myself. Later, motherhood consumed me, I spent all of my energy caring for my two amazing children while I wasn’t at the office. After several attempts to take control of my physical wellbeing, including at least one failed gym membership, I discovered Yoga. I should credit my husband for introducing the practice to me. He “encouraged” me with a yoga mat under the tree one Christmas, and the rest is history. After one class I was hooked by the challenge, and fell in love with my physical and spiritual transformation. Soon I realized it was time for a change; life is too short, it was time for a new journey. I left my high stress role in the financial industry and studied under Susie Masters and Ashley Rose-Mello to become a registered yoga teacher (200 RYT). I am thrilled to give back, and enjoy sharing what I have learned through my practice with others.
Kimberly Loftus discovered yoga in 2005 and was immediately drawn to the way it de-stresses in a fast-paced, demanding world. Once she rolled out her mat, she was hooked; not only on discovering the physical benefits of the practice but realizing yoga is an opportunity to work on her relationship with herself. A graduate of the 200 hour teacher training at Raffa Yoga in Cranston, RI, Kimberly strives to bring a sense of fun, freedom and kindness to her classes. She teaches a flowing style with a strong emphasis on alignment and modifications.
Michelle Bullock, 200 HR RYT. I started practicing yoga in 2008 and was hooked immediately. My yoga practice made me feel happier, grounded and more energized. Yoga has provided me with invaluable tools to be more mindful, self-aware and present in my relationships with myself and others. I am so grateful that I can share this practice with others and spread the joy of yoga. I am a 200HR RYT with the Yoga Alliance. I was certified through the Body Matrix Transformational Yoga Teacher Training. My goal as a teacher is to offer a supportive and safe space for both new new and experienced students to explore yoga at their own pace. I aim to encourage students to recognize the power within themselves and to practice yoga with an open heart and without expectation. In my classes you will experience an all levels asana practice incorporating conscious breath work, creative sequencing and fun music. My happy places are being by the ocean, rocking out to great music, traveling to new places, hiking, camping, and spending as much time as possible with my family and friends.